Radioactive cesium-137 from Fukushima now detected off coast of Canada





(NaturalNews) The first radioactive material from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has now been detected in the coastal waters of North America, according to a study conducted by researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

“Radioactivity can be dangerous, and we should be carefully monitoring the oceans after what is certainly the largest accidental release of radioactive contaminants to the oceans in history,” researcher Ken Buesseler said.

In March 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami caused three separate nuclear meltdowns at Japans’ Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The explosion ejected massive amounts of radioactive material into the air, much of which ended up in the Pacific Ocean.

Findings “expected”

Among the radioactive elements released during the Fukushima disaster were cesium-134 and cesium-137, both of which occur on earth only as a result of human activity. Because of its long half life, much of the cesium-137 detected in the environment actually originates with nuclear tests conducted decades ago. Cesium-134, in contrast, has a half-life of only two years. That means any cesium-134 in the environment (especially when detected at large distances from likely sources of nuclear contamination, such as power plants, dumps or weapons factories) stems from the Fukushima meltdowns.

The Woods Hole researchers tested water samples collected on February 19 from various locations off the coast of Ucluelet, British Columbia, a small town on Vancouver Island. They detected cesium-134 at levels of 1.4 Becquerels per cubic meter, and cesium-137 at levels of 5.8 Becquerels per cubic meter.

A Becquerel is a unit of radioactivity. Shortly after the Fukushima meltdowns, Japanese coastal waters tested at 50 million Becquerels per cubic meter.

According to Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Pacific Ocean typically contains cesium-137 levels of “only” about one Becquerel per cubic meter, making the levels near Ucluelet nearly six times higher.

In November 2014, another Woods Hole study found radioactive elements from Fukushima about 100 miles off the California coast. Until now, that was the closest the contamination had traveled to North American shores.

The new findings are “kind of to be expected,” Buesseler said. “We knew four years later it would be reaching our shoreline, and we had seen it offshore.”

Levels likely to get worse

The researchers insisted that the levels detected so far are not high enough to be particularly dangerous to humans or marine life. “As an example, even if they were twice as high and I was to swim there every day for an entire year, the dose I would be exposed to is a thousand times less than a single dental X-ray,” Buesseler said.

“So the risk [from radiation exposure] is never zero, but when I think of health risk, I always think of the Japanese side of the Pacific instead of ours.”

Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima disaster is likely to keep arriving at the North American coast, he said. “Predicting the spread of radiation becomes more complex the closer it gets to the coast.”

According to a 2013 study by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center in Norway, the main part of the radioactive ocean plume from the Fukushima disaster is likely to hit the North American west coast in 2017, with maximum concentrations of radioactivity arriving in 2018. The model showed the bulk of the radioactive material from the disaster remaining concentrated along the North American coast at least through 2026.

Meanwhile, radioactive material continues to pour into the sea by the Fukushima plant. According to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), at least 2 trillion Becquerels worth entered the Pacific just between August 2013 and May 2014.

In addition, TEPCO has deliberately released even more radioactive material into the ocean, in an attempt to slow the rate at which radioactive water builds up on the Fukushima site.



9 Responses to “Radioactive cesium-137 from Fukushima now detected off coast of Canada”

  1. ian says:

    According to Jim Stone, a chap who I feel is a tad erratic but should never be discounted, the Fukushima incident was Japans’ payback for voting against Israel in some way I don’t recall. (my journalistic skills shining through). On this occasion I tend to agree with Jim and though I won’t link it, I’m sure the article which to me is convincing, can be found on his site.
    Regardless of anything else, this is a world problem now and it should be tackled by the international community. It could also be scaremongering, but I don’t think so.

  2. sovereigntea says:

    Is idiot former Lib Dem Cabinet Minister Ed Davey responsible for irradiating the UK via his false eco friendly edicts ?

    As Energy And Climate Change Secretary Davey forced the DRAX power station to switch from coal to biomass. Much of which is transported thousands of miles from the irradiated USA.

    When the wood is burnt any radiation is released into the air over the UK …. what goes up must come down.

    Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. [6]
    Highest Recorded Radioactive City in America this week

    A familiar Leader this week in the race for the Most Radioactive Weather in America is Billings, Montana with 2,252 CPM. Congratulations to Billings, MT as the Most Radioactive City in America this week. Billings was down just a bit from last week in this deadly race but is still First.

    Portland, Maine’s Radioactive Weather wasn’t even a close Second and they endured 1,644 CPM. Other competing cities for the title were not even close. Nine cities exceeded 1,000 CPM this week in Your Rad Weather. Stay Alert and take all appropriate precautions.

    Normal Radiation is 5 to 20 CPM. [6]

    2,252 CPM, 450.4 Times Normal, Billings, MT Gamma, Beta.
    1,644 CPM, 328.8 Times Normal, Portland, ME Gamma, Beta.
    1,397 CPM, 279.4 Times Normal, Miami, FL. Gamma, Beta.
    1,326 CPM, 265.2 Times Normal, Champaign, IL Gamma, Beta.
    1,255 CPM, 251 Times Normal, Pierre, SD Gamma, Beta.

    • sovereigntea says:

      Does Ed Davey deserve a date with the hangman ?

      Drax’s conversion to run half of its output on biomass means it will have to rely on wood from trees cut down in forests in America. The Sixties power station’s giant furnaces are being loaded with wood pellets carried 3,800 miles across the Atlantic in diesel-guzzling ships.

      This grotesque environmental charade is being funded by government subsidies for the conversion of its coal-burning furnaces to biomass ones, which will put an estimated £23 on every family’s annual household energy bills for the next 13 years.

      The vast generators of Drax are now living, humming, forest-destroying symbols of the shameful absurdity of European energy policies, and an extraordinary rebuke to this Coalition government, which claims, ever more ludicrously, to be saving the planet.


      Already, the power station imports more than one million metric tons of wood pellets from the U.S. Much of this is derived from ancient deciduous trees in North Carolina.

      Three months ago, 60 eminent American scientists wrote to Ed Davey pleading with him to stop ignoring the basic science and pressing on with a policy that was denuding their glorious forests.

      They wrote: ‘Recent advances in science and accounting for pollution from different types of woody biomass have clarified that burning trees to produce electricity actually increases carbon emissions compared with fossil fuels for many decades and contributes to other air pollution problems.’

      These warnings, even though they were publicised by green groups such as Friends Of The Earth, were ignored by the Coalition government. Then, in the summer, The Department Of Energy And Climate Change’s own chief scientist, Dr David MacKay, blew the whistle.

      Dr MacKay confirmed that when a large proportion of biomass is actually produced from mature trees — as the majority of the chip pellets are that cross the Atlantic — the burning produces more CO2 even than the burning of coal. The truth is that a giant fraud is being perpetrated at the heart of Britain’s climate change policy, a fraud costing the British public hundreds of millions of pounds.

  3. Dublinmick says:

    The Kali Yuga always ends this way. 🙂

  4. Lynn says:

    The hangman will be very busy soon Sov. Make no mistake. They are facing their worst nightmares. The sissy boys in hiding are having a really hard time.

  5. salty says:

    Radiation Alert:

    L.A. Gas Well Spewing Lethal Levels Of Breathable Nuclear Material: ‘Fukushima Class Disaster’

    February 6, 2016.

    ‘In a breaking development that has been completely ignored by mainstream news sources, the leaking natural gas well near Los Angeles, California is now reportedly spewing lethal levels of radioactive material, according to a report from Steve Quayle and a group with expertise in nuclear material.

    A leaking natural gas well outside Los Angeles is spewing so much naturally-occurring Uranium and Radon, that “breathable” radiation levels have hit “lethal levels” according to a Nuclear Expert group.’

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